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Singer-songwriter raising funds through music download

Singer-songwriter raising funds through music download

18 June 2013

Southampton singer-songwriter Ransford Laryea – known as R.A.N – is using his first single “Desert Island” as a platform to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer research by donating 100% of the money raised by the song to charity.

The proceeds will be split equally between the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund and the Liver and Pancreatic R&D Cancer Charity in Southampton.

“Earlier this year I was devastated to hear that the mother of my best friend had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,” says R.A.N. “She is the hardest working woman in British basketball and is one of the main reasons what the Solent Kestrels Basketball Club has been so successful.

 “She has dedicated her life to playing and coaching and has invested so much time and energy in helping a myriad of male and female players develop into superb athletes. I want to express my appreciation and love for her by donating half the proceeds of this track to the charity that has has personally helped her with her treatment and supported her through her illness. The rest will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund in the hope of helping all of those diagnosed with this form of cancer.”

Pancreatic cancer is a complex and aggressive disease with no available early diagnostic test, and has the worst 5-year survival rates of any common cancer. Despite this, it receives less than 2% of national research funding. The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund is the only UK charity exclusively devoted to funding research into this cancer. 

Says the charity’s founder and CEO, Maggie Blanks: “It’s through the efforts and generosity of people like R.A.N that we can help to make progress with this disease. We currently support 27 research projects across the UK worth some £4 million and every penny of this money has been donated through our supporters. We’re extremely grateful to R.A.N for using his talents in such an innovative way.” 

The song is available for purchase from digital stores such as iTunes. All the proceeds from this single will be donated to the two charities, as well as money raised from select summer events R.A.N is involved in.

Says R.A.N: “This song is dedicated to raising awareness for pancreatic cancer research and to our dear friend afflicted with this illness. Please consider donating.”

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